Pre-Order: Graphic Novel - Other Side of Wall Street: Chapter One, Act I
Other Side of Wall Street: Chapter One. Act I is the first printed edition from the Black Gotham Experience graphic novel series by artist / historian Kamau Ware and designer and illustrator Will Ellis.
In 1625, a Portuguese slave ship is seized by West India Dutch pirates on the Atlantic Ocean. Eleven men from the regions of Angola and Congo are brought to the newly established outpost of New Amsterdam on the island of Manahatta and become the “company slaves” of the West India Dutch Company, charged with completing fundamental public works. In the 1640s, a small town known as Land of the Blacks begins right outside the Dutch colony of New Amsterdam. By 1655, the Land of the Blacks was over twice the size of SoHo today and it continued to exist as the first free Black community in British New York.
The graphic novel offers a response to the gaps in the Black Diaspora’s visual and spoken history. BGX casts people of today to become forgotten people of the past. Designers create fashion inspired by their time. Photo shoots with the cast in costumes and illustrations remake their world.
All pre-orders will receive a special gift from the Black Gotham Experience. Books ship in July and will arrive before August 1st.